Five people are now in custody after protestors refused to take down a tipi at the legislature grounds.
The Justice For Our Stolen Children Camp’s tipi was still standing after an order to take it down by noon Sunday.
Robyn Pitawankwat with Colonialism No More said the province has more priorities then to address indigenous issues.
“We are still the least important thing for government. That to have a Canada Day celebration without indigenous poverty in peoples faces is more important than to actually deal with indigenous poverty.”
Regina Police superintendent Darcy Koch was one of the many officers on hand to remove the tipi.
“Unfortunately, this is what has to happen,” he said.
The removal of the tipi, said the province’s Attorney General Don Morgan, was in keeping with a move the provincial government supported. He noted the police action to shut down the camp had to come down.
“The park is not intended for overnight camping, it’s facilities are not for that.”
With National Aboriginal Day and Canada Day fast approaching, Morgan was asked what he thought of the move to close down the camp.
“I can’t comment on that,” he said. “I think those were operational decisions that were made. I don’t think you’ll ever find a place or time that was really desirable, so I think they made the decision that they were going ahead with it now.”